Mets Kick Samardzija and Coleman All Over the Place – Cubs 1, Mets 17

Game Seventy-Five – Cubs 1, Mets 17
WP – Jon Niese (6-3) LP – Jeff Samardzija (5-7) Save – None

What a difference a day makes … Less than 24 hours after one of their better games of the season, the Cubs were pounded by the Mets 17-1. While the Metropolitans looked like they were taking batting practice (17 runs on 16 hits, with four home runs and six doubles), the Cubs offense managed one run on nine hits (two doubles) on a typical summer day at Wrigley Field.

Wednesday’s finale was actually tied at one going into the top of the fourth. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and sixth innings then tacked on one in the eighth for good measure … and the Cubs ended up in the history books for the wrong reason.

The Mets became the first team since the 2007 Rangers and just the fourth since 1918 to have four players each with at least four RBI in a game. David Wright (2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, a sac fly and five RBI) led the way with five RBI. Daniel Murphy (3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored), Ike Davis (3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI) and Scott Hairston (2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI) drove in the Mets other 12 runs.

Jeff Samardzija had another bad outing and finished June with a 0-4 record in five starts with a 10.41 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP. Samardzija threw from behind in the count for a majority of his outing. When he got ahead Samardzija could not put the hitter away and ended up walking the batter. Samardzija allowed a season-high nine runs on six hits (two home runs). Samardzija walked four batters, all four scored, and he struck out one batter (second time this season Samardzija struck out only one batter in an outing). Samardzija threw 72 pitches, 39 for strikes, and was lifted with one out in the fifth.

Dale Sveum tried to stop the onslaught with Casey Coleman … but the Mets just kept on hitting. Coleman, like Samardzija, pitched from behind in the count and allowed seven runs on six hits (two home runs) with two walks and one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.

The Mets put a six-spot on the board in both the fifth and sixth innings … and Jon Niese started both six-run frames with a walk.

Jairo Asencio (seventh inning) and Manny Corpas (ninth inning) did not allow any runs Wednesday but Rafael Dolis allowed one run on two hits in his first game back from the minors.

Cubs’ pitching issued seven free passes (two to Jon Niese) and six of the seven scored. The bottom line is, Major League pitchers must throw strikes and too many on the Cubs’ staff have not figured that out yet.

Jon Niese, on the other hand, pounded the strike zone (118, 81 strikes). Luis Valbuena 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) drove in the Cubs’ only run with a two-out double in the second.

Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double and four left on base) just missed a home run in the third that would have broken the 1-1 tie. Rizzo settled for a double and the Cubs had two on with two down after Alfonso Soriano (0-for-1 with a walk) worked a walked. Both Rizzo and Soriano advanced ninety feet on a passed ball but Jon Niese caught Jeff Baker (0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four left on base) looking a 2-2 pitch to end the inning … and as it turned out the game. The Cubs were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday and left seven on base.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 26-49 on the season …

Jeff Samardzija set the tone for Cubs’ pitching less than five minutes into the game. Samardzija issued a four-pitch walk to Andres Torres. Torres swiped second with Ruben Tejada at the plate. After Samardzija missed the strike zone with his first six pitches, Samardzija finally threw a strike. Tejada grounded out to second, Torres advanced to third then tagged and scored when David Wright flied out to right … and just like that, the Mets had a 1-0 lead. Samardzija retired Lucas Duda on a fly out to center on the 12th pitch of the inning (six strikes).

With the Cubs down 1-0, Joe Mather led off the first with a single to right. Starlin Castro followed with a single to right and Mather advanced to third on the play. Anthony Rizzo popped a 0-2 pitch into shallow center. Mather had to hold at third.

Alfonso Soriano looked at two straight from Niese to start his at bat. After Niese evened the count at two, he caught Castro off first and picked him off. Soriano lined out to third to end the inning … from first and third with no outs to zero runs.

Samardzija made quick work of Ike Davis and Scott Hairston to start the second. Samardzija then fell behind the slumping Daniel Murphy 3-1. Murphy doubled to right center but was stranded when Josh Thole grounded out to the hole at short. Samardzija threw 23 pitches in the first two innings, 12 for strikes.

The Cubs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Jon Niese retired Baker and Soto to start the inning before Darwin Barney reached on a two-out single to left. Luis Valbuena plated Barney with a double to left … game tied at one. Samardzija struck out swinging to end the inning.

Jeff Samardzija set down the Mets in order in the third (after three 32 pitches, 19 strikes, for Samardzija).

The Cubs wasted a chance to take the lead in the third. After Mather struck out swinging and Castro grounded out to second, Anthony Rizzo stepped in a ripped a 1-2 pitch to deep right center. The ball hit off the top of the wall and Rizzo ended up at second with a two-out double. Alfonso Soriano walked. With Baker at the plate, a 1-2 pitch got away from Josh Thole. Rizzo and Soriano advanced to second and third … but Jeff Baker looked at the next pitch to end the inning.

Samardzija walked Lucas Duda to start the fourth … and the game quickly got away from the Cubs. Ike Davis pulled a 2-2 pitch to right. Duda scored on Davis’ double and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Scott Hairston flied out to center (2-1 pitch), Davis tagged and advanced to third then trotted home on Daniel Murphy’s first home run of the season. Josh Thole flied out to deep left to end the inning (52 pitches for Samardzija, 29 for strikes). The Mets took a 4-1 lead but with the wind blowing out, there was a feeling more runs than five would be scored …

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth.

Jeff Samardzija walked Jon Niese on five pitches to start the fifth. Andres Torres fouled out to Valbuena. Ruben Tejada ripped a 0-1 pitch off the wall in left center. Niese held at third on Tejada’s double. Samardzija jumped ahead of David Wright but made a mistake on a 1-2 pitch that ended up in the gap in left center. Niese and Tejada scored, 6-1 Mets.

Samardzija issued a four-pitch walk to Lucas Duda. With runners on first and second with one out, Ike Davis launched Samardzija’s first pitch … and just like that the Mets had a 9-1 lead.

Dale Sveum made the slow walk and went to his pen for Casey Coleman.

Scott Hairston flied out to deep left for the second out of the inning. Daniel Murphy then made it 10-1 with his second homer in as many at bats. Josh Thole flied out to right (3-1 pitch) to end the fifth.

Casey Coleman hit for himself and singled to right to start the Cubs’ fifth. Joe Mather flied out to deep left. Castro hit into a 1-6 fielder’s choice and Rizzo popped out to Murphy on a 1-1 pitch for the third out.

After five, the Cubs trailed 10-1 …

Casey Coleman walked Jon Niese to start the sixth … second walk of the afternoon for the Mets’ pitcher. Andres Torres reached on an infield single and Tejada singled to right to load the bases, with no outs, for David Wright. Wright ripped a 2-2 pitch into center. Niese and Torres scored, 12-1 Mets. Coleman walked Duda to reload the bases.

Coleman struck out Davis looking for the first out … but Scott Hairston cleared the bases with one swing. Hairston launched Coleman’s first pitch over the wall in center, 16-1 Mets. Coleman retired Murphy (flyout to center) before giving up a double to Josh Thole. Jon Niese tapped back to Coleman to end the inning.

The Mets hit four home runs (one grand slam) and five doubles and were walked six times in the first six innings.

Niese faced the minimum in the sixth after Tony Campana (hitting for Soriano) led off with a single to right. Baker hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Soto struck out swinging.

Dale Sveum went to his bench prior to the top of the seventh. Campana (centerfield) stayed in, Mather moved to left, Baker moved to second, Barney moved to short, Castro and Soriano got the rest of the day off and Bryan LaHair took over in right.

Jairo Asencio allowed a two-out single to Justin Turner in the seventh … but that was all. The Mets were kept off the board in the seventh inning.

Darwin Barney led off the bottom of the seventh with his second hit of the game, a single to left. Niese retired Valbuena (flyout to left), struck out LaHair and Mather flied out to center to end his afternoon.

The Mets tacked on in the eighth against Rafael Dolis. Ike Davis led off the eighth with a double to left. Scott Hairston blooped a single to center. Davis held at third with no outs. Daniel Murphy grounded out to short. Davis scored the Mets’ 17th and final run. Thole grounded into a 4-6-3 inning ending double play.

Steve Clevenger hit for Dolis and singled to right off Ramon Ramirez to start the inning. Rizzo struck out, Campana grounded out to second (Clevenger forced at second) and Baker struck out swinging to end the eighth.

Manny Corpas issued a leadoff walk to Mike Nickeas in the ninth. Andres Torres grounded into a 6-3 double play. Tejada singled to center but Justin Turner mercifully grounded out to short for the third out.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Ramon Ramirez … game over.

The Cubs still won the series (2-1) but the good feelings from Monday and Tuesday were washed away with Wednesday’s pounding.

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Thursday is an off-day for Dale Sveum’s team. The Cubs open a three-game series with the Astros on Friday afternoon at Wrigley … Paul Maholm against Bud Norris in game one.

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  • jw

    Dolis should have buzzed one of the Mets hitters to show a bit of disdain for the free wheeling shellacking just to let the fans know they don’t like getting whacked.
    I saw Smardzija pitch against the red hose and he just seemed to lose his confidence and swagger and started pitching defensively. I do not believe in him and I hope he is moved in spite of his at times dominating stuff. Don’t think he has the make-up and would not build around him IMO

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am watching the Tigers and their pathetic 2B, Mr. Raburn.

    I am sure Mr. Baker would help them at 2B…..

    Mr. Wells pitched himself off of the roster, and right out of $2.7 million dollar contract for 2013. Congrats to Randy and his very soon return to civilian life…..

    Solar on the MLB roster? Concepcion on the ML roster?
    Admit it, Team Theo lovers, it’s lousy roster management.

    • cubtex

      It could get worse….. If they sign Yasiel Puig that could be 3 Cubans on the 40 man roster :)

      • paulcatanese

        Guess I am just old school. I dont care who they sign
        if the Cubs just do one thing, make sure everyone on the team is clean shaven (starting with Sveum) and get haircuts.
        I think the faicial hair and long locks cloud their vision:)
        Guess thats why Castro is ok, he’s not old enough to grow a beard, and Soriono is too old for his hair to grow anymore.:)

    • RynoTiger

      so their on the MLB roster. what’s the big deal? who’s spot are they really taking?
      Sorry, probably just blinded by my unquestioning love of Team Theo. I shall pray tonight at my Team Theo alter that you are forgiven for your blasphemy.

    • Aaron

      I agree with everything you said up to the Cubans…somewhat.

      As a new GM trying to turn around a franchise, you have to look for the most economical young players out there. With the CBA changing the way teams draft, the ONLY way they could go after top young talent was by signing Cubans. Most young Latin American players eligible for the draft were already overlooked the previous year when they were eligible at 16 years old. Teams have done such a good job of weeding out a lot of the young Latino talent that if they get signed at 17, or even older, then they most likely don’t have as high of a ceiling. Does that make sense? So what they did was make a decision to pursue Cubans instead basically after the draft in 2011.

      What you’re seeing now is a culmination of the relationships they built with the “handlers” down in Cuba, signing guys like Del Valle, Bonne, Martinez, Cabezas, Balaguert, etc., and even Concepcion, where you’re left scratching your head why they gave them $1 million or more. The reason for that was obvious, and nearly everybody in professional baseball seemed to recognize it….the Cubs were trying to build goodwill with the handlers for Cespedes, Soler, Rivera (the pitcher) and the guy recently in the news Puig.

      What they’re trying to do is catch lightning in a bottle with at least one or two of the guys signed prior to Soler (my picks would be Martinez and Del Valle), and with Soler, and likely Puig too, who should command a hefty bonus too, I think they realized their payroll would be down the next few years and they could afford to go big on these guys even if they don’t pan out, because guys are signing extensions left and right, therefore reducing the pool of quality free agents available stateside, and the draft and international free agency have taken a hit with spending limits.

      So, why I don’t see why they gave Concepcion a spot on the roster as he’s even less of a talent than Del Valle, I can actually understand their reasoning, because it ensured they’d be able to sign him and thus attract his good buddy Soler.

      What a lot of people seem to be freaking out about is space on the 40-man roster. I wouldn’t be too concerned about that, especially with the trade deadline fast approaching.

      Not only do I expect significant trades to happen that will remove the likes of Dempster, Garza, and possibly even Soriano….but I also expect the following players to be off the 40-man via DFA or 60-day DL:
      L. Castillo (60-day)
      Coleman
      Maholm (could work his way into trade territory if he starts pitching like he did early)
      Lalli
      Stewart (wrist surgery anyone? 60-day)
      Sappelt
      Baker (might have to DFA at this point)

      You can assume that the following guys will be traded based on chatter…some already mentioned:
      Dempster
      Garza
      Marmol
      Soto (who might fall into DFA territory if he can’t pick it up offensively)
      Barney
      LaHair
      Soriano
      Johnson

      You can assume that the following internal guys will at the very least be concerned to replace them:
      Rusin
      McNutt (long-shot at this point)
      De la Cruz
      W. Castillo
      Cardenas
      Vitters
      Wright
      Lake

      If they added those guys, they’d only need to create 3 spots on the 40-man, which they’d easily be able to do. With the high-end trades like Dempster and Garza, you’d have to think they would be acquiring 40-man roster types in return….

      Do you now see why it’s not all that big of a deal to let Concepcion and Soler on the 40-man?

  • paulcatanese

    The Cubs can absolutly not lose tommorow, they are winners by default.

    • Aaron

      well played

  • jw

    BTW I think Soriano is doing the best he can. Getting booed last week for not running out a hot liner to third dropped by Middlebrooks was not appropriate…the ball was out there in a half second.
    It’s not his fault Hendry was set up by the Trib to go out and waste 160mm…he is in decline and not a smart player but he’s an OK guy

  • J Daniel

    Agree! Cub fans can be terrible, most fans can be. Maybe they forget these guys are real people with families and other stuff going on. Some players are better than others, obviously. Probably the same at all of our places of employment. And it does not matter what you get paid someone still thinks you are over paid in relation to what they are making.

  • Dorasaga

    He’s been running better the last three games or more. The booing was inspiring to him, I guess.
    >:-)

  • Ripsnorter1

    I was a great day for the Reds. I watched them lose to the Brewers 8-4. Congrats to Dusty Baker!

    Having said that, I’d say that the worst manager of the day was by far the Brewers’. WOW was that a poorly managed game. They should have had 15 runs, but he ran them out of three innings. Incomprehensible management.

    Nyger Morgan…..has 4 RBIs on the YEAR. Made two misplays in RF, had a disasterous day at the plate, and proved that he is a very poor player.

    But hey, I paid $1.12 per ticket for two tickets,(with Stub Hub fees the total delivered price was $12.69), $3 for parking, and inside the park, you can buy a Coke for $1 and a hot dog for $1. The park is very nice inside. I had great seats in the bleachers–you feel very close to the field. Ryan Ludwig slammed two home runs, and the first came near to our seats.

    The sky was cloudless and beautiful. The wife and I had a great time for under $28. Can’t beat that for MLB.

    I would like the Cubs to just build a new stadium with a lid on it.

  • Tony_Hall

    Sounds like you had a good ole fashioned day at the ballpark, without taking out a loan to pay for it…

  • GaryLeeT

    Guess how much booing I could take if $427,000 showed up in my checking account every 2 weeks?

  • jw

    LOL…good one!

  • Tony_Hall

    Good point, but he makes $1,384,615 on each of his 2 week checks that he receives during the season. If he got paid all year round he would still receive $692,307 every 2 weeks.

    Just think about those numbers!

  • J Daniel

    Yep, that is what everyone says. You probably never played at a high level so really wouldn’t know.

  • paulcatanese

    Tony, had a freind who played for the NY Jets, chose his salary to be paid once a year, is that money management or what?

  • Tony_Hall

    Yes it is. I wonder when he received the check, beginning, middle or the end of the year. I would assume end of the year.

  • paulcatanese

    It was sometime in December, he was from the Super Bowl team of Namath’s famous prediction. I can say this much, no where near the money that players are getting today.